Orlistat Capsules

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What Is Orlistat?

Orlistat is the generic low cost alternative to Xenical. They are medically equivalent as they contain the same active ingredient (Orlistat 120mg).

Orlistat is a drug designed to treat obesity. It blocks some of the fat you eat, preventing it from being absorbed by your body.

Used as part of a reduced-calorie diet it can help you lose 50% more weight than dieting alone.

Fat absorbtion without Orlistat

Fat is too large to be absorbed by our body

It is broken down by enzymes into smaller parts that our body can absorb

The smaller molecules are easily absorbed in our body

Orlistat blocks up-to 50% fat absorbtion

When you take Orlistat with a well-balanced diet

Orlistat blocks some of the enzymes from breaking down the fat

Larger fat molecules cannot be absorbed by the body and is excreted

How To Take


Take ONE capsule THREE times a day.

With or Without Food

It can be taken immediately before, during a meal or up to one hour after a meal.

For optimal benefit, avoid the intake of fatty foods e.g. biscuits, chocolate and savoury snacks between meals.

Take as Directed

Do NOT exceed more than directed.

Special Instructions

Orlistat should be taken with a well-balanced, calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables. Your daily intake of fat, carbohydrate and protein should be distributed over three meals. This means you will usually take one capsule at breakfast time, one capsule at lunch time and one capsule at dinner time.

Orlistat interferes with your body's absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins, you should take a daily multivitamin supplement that contains vitamins A, D, E and K and beta carotene once a day at least 2 hours before or after taking Orlistat, such as at bedtime.


Take Orlistat with a well-balanced diet

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects.

Although not everybody gets them and the effects are usually mild to moderate and of a short duration.

Please ensure you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet accompanied with this treatment.

Common Side-Effects Include

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
  • Low blood sugar levels (experienced by some people with type 2 diabetes)

Patient Information Leaflet

We strongly advise that you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet before you take this treatment.